Live and Local - September 30, 2011

Folk singer Bill Staines; Eastern Illinois University Wind Symphony

Bill Staines is one of today's most popular and durable folk singers, giving nearly 200 concerts and driving more than 65,000 miles annually. He'll play in Peoria on Sunday, and I'll rebroadcast an earlier interview on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with Alan Sullivan, who will lead the Eastern Illinois University Wind Symphony Friday night in Charleston.

Live and Local - September 29, 2011

The Coronation of Poppea; Organist Craig Cramer

The Baroque opera The Coronation of Poppea is a bit of a musical mystery. Attributed to Claudio Monteverdi, it's more of a pastiche from known and unknown composers. Millikin University will present the opera this weekend, and I'll talk with music director Dan Carberg on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll meet organist Craig Cramer, who will play in Champaign Sunday night.

Live and Local - September 28, 2011

University of Illinois Wind Symphony

The University of Illinois Wind Symphony is the premier ensemble of the country's largest band program, and they'll give the opening concert of the school year on Thursday at the Krannert Center in Urbana. On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Director of Bands Robert Rumbelow about the program, entitled "20th Century Masters.

Live and Local - September 27, 2011

“The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959” featuring the Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet

Trumpeter, composer and band leader Miles Davis was one of the most innovative and influential figures in jazz. On Saturday, the Krannert Center in Urbana will present "The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959," featuring the Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet. I'll talk with Mr. Akinmusire on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," and we'll preview Thursday's concert by the Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra.

Live and Local - September 26, 2011

Ragtime with director Matthew Vala

The multiple award-winning musical Ragtime will open at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield on Friday for three performances. Based on E. L. Doctorow's novel, it has a brilliant score that ranges from ragtime to klezmer to waltzes and parlor songs. On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with the show's director, Matthew Vala, himself a veteran of the local stage.

Live and Local - September 23, 2011

Singer-songwriter Violet Vonder Haar and singer-songwriter Jeff Arrigo

Singer-songwriter Violet Vonder Haar says you might find her rocking in a Pink Floyd cover band, playing in a quiet coffeehouse, or teaching kids to write folk songs about bugs. On Friday night, you'll find her at Memphis on Main in Champaign, and she'll join me live on the Friday edition of "Live and Local," with fellow singer-songwriter Jeff Arrigo.

Live and Local - September 21, 2011

Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, singer-songwriters Pam Rose and Anthony Snape

Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel plays with great energy, ample virtuosity and genuine musical and personal warmth. He'll bring all those qualities to the Virginia Theater in Champaign Wednesday night-and to the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." Touring with Tommy and joining him live in our studio will be singer-songwriters Pam Rose and Anthony Snape for what promises to be a truly memorable hour!

Live and Local - September 20, 2011

Danville Symphony Orchestra; Karin and Kirsten Paludan

The Danville Symphony Orchestra opens its season on Saturday with a concert featuring three of Broadway's leading men. On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Jeremy Swerling, the orchestra's conductor, about the program. And we'll meet two acclaimed singing sisters, Karin and Kirsten Paludan, who make an unusual homecoming debut in Springfield on Saturday.

Live and Local - September 19, 2011

University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Prof. Allen Schwab

The University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra is much more than a student orchestra. It's one of the finest performing ensembles in our region. They'll open their season next Sunday with a program of music by Strauss, Stravinsky and Brahms. We'll hear details on the Monday edition of "Live and Local," including a conversation with Prof. Allen Schwab, who will give the program's pre-concert lecture.

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